Travolta's Boeing 707 on track for November arrival in regional NSW

John Travolta and his famous Boeing 707 still on track for November arrival at Albion Park, NSW


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Spring arrival: John Travolta still on track for November arrival in Albion Park onboard the Boeing 707 he is donating to HARS.

Spring arrival: John Travolta still on track for November arrival in Albion Park onboard the Boeing 707 he is donating to HARS.

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John Travolta and his famous Boeing 707 are still on track for November arrival at Illawarra Regional Airport, Albion Park.

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A SMALL team from the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society on the NSW South Coast has returned from the United States where they inspected the Boeing 707 Hollywood star John Travolta is donating to HARS.

The visit to Georgia was to determine the next steps in bringing the famous aircraft to Illawarra Regional Airport in November.

HARS president Bob De La Hunty, project manager Maureen Massey and engineers Jim Marshall and Wayne Stoddart arrived back at Illawarra Regional Airport very positive that the Travolta plane will arrive with the Hollywood movie star on board in late November. But the exact date is still to be determined.

"We ran all four engines while we were over there," Mr De La Hunty said.

"We were there for one week and we got everything we need to go back to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). It was all positive.

"We are moving step-by-step through everything we need to do. There is really not a lot for us to do with any spanners on the aircraft. It is in really good condition. Most of the work will be inspections and paperwork".

Mr Marshall had already been to Georgia in March to inspect the 707 and said the latest trip was about making more arrangements and to assess whether any maintenance was required before flying the aircraft to its new home.

"I thought it was in absolutely excellent condition," Mr Marshall said.

HARS vice president Maureen Massey said donations were still welcome. She said even though no significant maintenance was required flying the 707 to Shellharbour is going cost around $0.5 million.

Travolta has kept his movie schedule clear so he can join the crew on the last leg of the journey which is expected to go via Europe and Singapore.

Illawarra Mercury

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